Sports Medicine, Physicals/Magnus Health

Our Sports Medicine department exists to ensure our student-athletes receive quality medical care while participating in athletics and physical education classes.

Our full-time National Athletic Training Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer works in conjunction with Blue Ridge Bone and Joint/EmergeOrtho orthopedic physicians and sports medicine staff to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries. Our goal is to provide accurate and timely injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, return to play protocol, and education to our athletes. 

An Athletic Trainer or first responder is on duty during all home games and the majority of all practices throughout the year. Our team doctors work closely with the athletic trainer during the school year to coordinate office visits, on-campus injury clinics, full rehab programs, and concussion treatment and care. Our coaches are trained too, all of the Carolina Day School coaches are trained in concussion protocol and CPR to help in the event of an emergency.

We have two Athletic Training Rooms in which athletes can receive health care services. These are located in the Nash Athletic Center and at our Sgro Athletic Complex.


Monday–Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on No School days) 

Required Pre-Participation Forms

As per NCISAA protocol all student-athletes are required to have a current Sports Physical on file prior to participating in any school sanctioned athletic practices, training or games.

As a requirement for participation, every student-athlete will need to complete the following forms and upload them into their Magnus Health Portal prior to participating in preseason activity. A link to the Health portal can be found in My CDS within Resources. Please refer to the student health tracker tab for downloading and uploading of the required forms. CDS is no longer accepting original paper documentation. 

1. **NEW** 2021-22 NCISAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam Form
Any child in grades 6-12 that wishes to participate in the CDS athletic program must have an updated yearly pre-participation physical in their Magnus Health Portal. Students will not be allowed to participate in any CDS practice/match/game without this document. The form must be filled out by a physician, either the student’s pediatrician or at any local urgent care or minute clinic that completes Sports Physicals. This form does not substitute your child’s annual physical or wellness check.

2. **NEW** Student- Athlete COVID Questionnaire Form
CDS and NCISAA requires that all students wishing to be involved in athletics complete this form before being allowed to participate in ANY organized activity. Answering these questions truthfully will allow all participants to receive the needed evaluation to safely return to athletics while helping prevent other team members and coaches from being put at risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus or causing the quarantine of some individuals or possibly an entire team. Questionnaire created in reference to the the Korey Stringer Institute and NCHSAA guidelines for a safe return to sports

3. NCISAA Consent to Participate and Medical Release Form
The NCISAA has implemented a new waiver, Consent to Participate and Medical Release Form, which is required prior to participating in 20-21 athletics. The Consent to Participate Release Form must be signed prior to participating in summer activities.

4. Sudden Cardiac Death Information and Acknowledgement Form
The form provides information for the student and parents on the rare occurrence of sudden cardiac death in youth athletes. All student-athletes and their parents must review the Concussion Awareness Act and sign and upload it to the Magnus Health Portal.

5. Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act Form
To increase and ensure the safety of our student-athletes, we have implemented a concussion management protocol following the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act. Student-athletes playing in a contact sport in grades 6-12 will take a neurocognitive computer test through ImPACT testing online, once in middle school, and once in upper school. The test will serve as a baseline should your athlete sustain a concussion during the season. All student-athletes and their parents must review the Concussion Awareness Act and sign and upload it to the Magnus Health Portal.

Concussion Management

All students undergo ImPACT testing prior to the start of any contact sport—once in Middle School and once in Upper School. 

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an on-line, user-friendly computer-based testing program specifically designed for the management of sports-related concussion. ImPACT is a research-based software tool, developed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Center for Sports Medicine, that evaluates multiple aspects of neurocognitive function, including memory, attention, brain processing speed, reaction time, and post-concussion symptoms.

To increase and ensure the safety of our student-athletes, Carolina day follows the Gfeller-­Waller Concussion Law. The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act was drafted and implemented to protect the safety of student-athletes in North Carolina and was signed into law on June 16, 2011, by Governor Beverly Purdue. There are three major areas of focus in the law and these include: education, emergency action and postconcussion protocol implementation, and clearance/return to play or practice following concussion.

CDS also has in place a concussion management team which consists of our school nurses, athletic trainer, coaches, student advisors, and team doctors that ensures a smooth and consistent return to play process after a concussion has been diagnosed. 


Parents and students, please visit the “Heads Up” page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and take this FREE online course entitled “Concussion in Sports”

Make a Sports Medicine Appointment

Sports Medicine Team

Head Athletic Trainer 

Amanda Matos

Athletic training room: 828-274-0757 ext. 146 

Strength & Conditioning / Rehab Coordinator 

Ryan Smith 

Team Doctors 

Dr. Judd Garbarino

Dr. Peter Mangone